NEW BRITAIN — Things happen for a reason and sometimes don’t happen for a reason, says Louise L. DeMars, executive director of New England Carousel Museum.
Last summer the museum staff put out a bulletin board asking visitors to name a stander horse from the museum’s collection created by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein. The horse, on display in the museum, is an inside row piece in primer paint with a roached mane.
“We collected many names from the public for the staff to review but a new name was never selected,” Ms DeMars said recently.
“It occurred to me that, sadly, this seems to be the year of ‘Sandy,’ between the storm that brought such devastation to Connecticut and the senseless tragedy in Newtown. I recommended to the staff that we should call the horse Sandy in memory of the children and adults who lost their lives at Sandy Hook.”
The suggestion was quickly adopted.
“Some people say that the Stein & Goldstein horse is a boy horse and some people think that it is a girl horse. Sandy can be whatever you want,” Ms Goldstein continued. “Most importantly, we ask that as you view the Sandy horse in the Carousel Museum, that you take a moment and remember.”
The museum has set aside Sunday, April 21, as Newtown Day at the Carousel Museum. All Newtown residents are invited to visit the Carousel Museum for free and see the Sandy horse. The museum, at 95 Riverside Avenue (Route 72) in Bristol, houses one of the largest collections of antique carousel pieces in the United States.
The museum is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, and preservation of operating carousels and carousel memorabilia and the creation of new carousel material, for the education and pleasure of the public. The main mission of the New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit organization, is to preserve and protect antique wooden carousels and carousel pieces.
For additional information, call 860-585-5411 or visit TheCarouselMuseum.org.